Here is a woman wondering What You Need to Know about the Fetal Heartbeat BillIf you’re experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and considering an abortion in the state of Ohio, it’s important to stay up to date on the laws and regulations surrounding the procedure.

One of the more frequently discussed regulations about abortion in our state is The Fetal Heartbeat Bill. Today we will be addressing commonly-asked questions related to this important abortion regulation. 

What is the Heartbeat Bill? 

The Heartbeat Bill is intended to prevent abortions after a heartbeat can be detected. 

The bill requires the abortion provider to test for a heartbeat, inform the woman of the detection, and only provide an abortion in cases where the procedure is necessary to save the life of the mother or prevent severe physical risks.  

At what point in pregnancy can a heartbeat be detected?  

A heartbeat can typically be detected in a fetus between 5-8 weeks through an ultrasound scan. By just the 10th week of pregnancy, the fetus’s heart will be fully developed. 

Is the Heartbeat Bill enforced? 

Ohio is one of four states that have passed a Heartbeat Bill, including Arkansas, North Dakota, and Iowa. While the bill passed through the Ohio state legislature, it was paused at a federal level just days before being enforced.

While the Heartbeat Bill is not currently enforced in Ohio, it is highly supported and could come into law soon. If you’re sexually active or currently seeking an abortion in the state of Ohio, it’s important to stay up-to-date on these legislations. 

How do I know if my pregnancy has a heartbeat? 

If you are currently experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and considering abortion, it’s important to take time to learn about the risks related to an abortion procedure and the options available to you.

To find out if your pregnancy is viable (determined by heartbeat), you’ll need to access an ultrasound. Bella Women’s Center provides pregnancy healthcare services including ultrasounds, pregnancy testing, STD testing and treatment, abortion consultations, and post-abortion support, all free of charge. 

We are here to help you stay informed on the state’s abortion legislation and provide the information you need to know if abortion is right for you. 

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